Robert Peoples, Ph.D.

Former Director of ACS Green Chemistry Institute


Robert Peoples, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE). In this capacity, he works to implement market-based solutions for the reuse and recycle of post-consumer carpet. Dr. Peoples is a veteran of the chemical industry. Prior to joining CARE he was Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. immediately prior to becoming Director of the Green Chemistry Institute, he served as Sustainability Director for the Carpet & Rug Institute and the founding Executive Director of The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE).  He is also President of the Environmental Impact Group, Inc.  Dr. Peoples was a key driver in the development of the NSF 140 Sustainable Carpet ANSI Standard and the recently released NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 standard focused on “Greener Chemical Products and Process Information,” a B2B tool. Prior to his role in the non-profit sector, Dr. Peoples spent 23 years with Monsanto and its spinoff Solutia.

 An internationally recognized speaker in the areas of green chemistry, sustainability, standards, interdisciplinary innovation, and carpet reclamation, Dr. Peoples holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry from Montclair State University and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Purdue University.  He serves on many Boards including: CARE, California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel, and Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Academies of Science, The University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Scientific Advisory Committee, and Technical Advisory Board of World Water Relief.  Dr. Peoples was recently named as an Editorial Advisor to the new ACS journal, “Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.”